Shelburne cell tower hearing resumes June 17

SHELBURNE — A public hearing Thursday night for a proposed New Cingular Wireless cell tower to be placed on Colrain Shelburne Road has been continued to June 17 at 7 p.m., when all five members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are present.

The public hearing drew about 30 residents, but Brian S. Grossman, representing the cell tower applicant, opted not to begin the hearing until the full ZBA could attend.

ZBA member John Taylor explained to the crowd that the special permit sought by New Cingular Wireless/AT&T Mobility required a vote of at least 4-1, and that an applicant has the right to delay the session if the full board isn’t present. Also, towns may adopt a state law that allows missing members to “catch up” on a missed hearing session by listening to an audio recording of the meeting. However, it appeared that Shelburne town officials have not adopted such a measure.

The 100-foot monopole tower proposed would be on land owned by the Hager Farm Market Realty LLC, near the site of a former apple storage building, when the property had been an apple orchard.

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